Monday, January 30, 2012

Hurricane Magnet

Opening in May. I'm there.

Friday, January 27, 2012

How low can the television networks go?

The execs at NBC are going to do something so repulsive that I won't link to it. I can't imagine what they are thinking. If you want to know, Google "Fear Factor donkey".

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Debate Fatigue

There's no new ground being broken. It's the same tired re-hash. Enough already.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just another Massachusetts politician running for president

He has no chance. Don't kid yourself. The incumbent has all of the power.

The challenger from Massachusetts is extraordinarily wealthy and cannot relate to the common man. He inherited most of his wealth and his income is primarily derived from capital gains... money that isn't taxed as ordinary income. His father did some very shady things to generate their wealth!

He's considered too liberal in much of the country, but he does say that he would like to lower taxes. Can one offset the other?

He's a lifelong member of some weird church, and many (if not most) protestants won't abide someone of his faith being president. It just isn't gonna happen.

He is good looking though, and he does have a nice head of hair. So he has that going for him. Plus he's pretty glib.

Stupid Brits

Gosh, those limeys sure are stupid.
Half of children aged between 10 and 12 do not know what a noun is or cannot identify an adverb while almost a third, 31 per cent, cannot use apostrophes correctly.

More than one in five 22 per cent could not use the correct version of 'they're', 'there' and 'their' in a sentence and more than four in 10 couldn't spell the word 'secretaries' correctly.
Which is funny. Based on the grammar I see in the comment feeds of most blogs, 50-70% of grown adult men, primarily in North America, don't know the difference between "they're", "their" and "there". They also have a hard time using the words "to" and "too" properly. What a bunch of loosers! There abuse of grammer is to much.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Has Facebook has reached that pivotal MySpace moment?

I don't know what Mark and his buddies are thinking, but the Timeline thing is really turning a lot of people off. To be blunt, it sucks. Now word has it that Facebook users have no choice. You're Timelined whether you like it or not.

It wasn't too long ago that everyone "had to be on MySpace." I wonder if Mark & Co. know this. A few tweaks here and there and the Google+ platform may be viable.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Newt Gingrich is a hypocrite!

So I keep hearing that his ex-wife is gonna drop a bombshell that will sink Newt's campaign. When the news broke yesterday I was wondering if he was a wife-beater, or a rapist, or maybe he was snorting heroin?

No, her bombshell is Newt's a horndog philanderer. Which makes him a hypocrite since he was one of the "family values" people in the 1990s. Which means... this is a non story because we already know that Newt is a horndog philanderer. Sheesh. Is there anyone who DOESN'T know this about Newt? This ain't gonna affect his campaign one iota.

But I did get a chuckle from the picture seen above that has emerged from this.

Boom/Bust

Boom:
Powered by a booming energy business, the Houston regional economy grew faster last year than any other in North America, the Brookings Institution reports.
Bust:
Our little burg feels like a glass half empty, half full right now, and you can see that reflected in the national focus on us over the past few weeks.
I still remember this. When you draw that trendline on a chart don't forget that the trend can be broken to the downside very quickly.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Make up a bunch of fake political crap and post it to Facebook

As you may be aware, Facebook will now be sharing your personal political opinions, whether you post them privately or not, with Politico.
Most notably, the Facebook-Politico data set will include Facebook users’ private status messages and comments. While that may alarm some people, Facebook and Politico say the entire process is automated and no Facebook employees read the posts.

Rather, every post and comment — both public and private — by a U.S. user that mentions a presidential candidate’s name will be fed through a sentiment analysis tool that spits out anonymized measures of the general U.S. Facebook population.
I don't recall giving Facebook my permission to disseminate this private information (it must be in the TOS, right?), but since they are doing this us Facebook users could have fun thwarting them. Just start posting random political comments praising each of the candidates. One day say, "I am a proud Democrat and I am voting to reelect President Obama, you should too!" then the next day say "Rick Santorum is my candidate and only he can save America!" Repeat with each of the candidates and political parties at random and ask your friends to do the same.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ron Paul is First Class

Ron Paul is a classy guy who just wants to watch out for us taxpayers. (Just kidding!)
Paul flew first class on at least 31 round-trip flights and 12 one-way flights since May 2009 when he was traveling between Washington and his district in Texas, according to a review by The Associated Press of his congressional office expenses.
More here.

Ron Paul: Wasting tens of thousands of your hard-earned tax dollars every year on personal luxury travel while claiming to be against wasteful government spending.

(Today's secret Ron Paul code words: neocon, stooge, warmonger, Mossad)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mike and Carol Brady just lost a crapload of money

The value of their house in North Hollwood just took a $37,000 dump to $925k, according to Zillow. But when they left the show their house was worth $61k. So they are still up big time.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Brad Pitt / Kurt Cobain

Separated at Birth: Brad Pitt at the White House today...
and Kurt Cobain from the "In Bloom" music video?

Prescription Drug Shortages

Mish highlights prescription drug shortages in Greece. Even aspirin is hard to come by.
For patients and pharmacists in financially stricken Greece, even finding aspirin has turned into a headache.
The 12,000 pharmacies that dot almost every street corner in Greek cities are the damaged capillaries of a complex system for getting treatment to patients. The Panhellenic Association of Pharmacists reports shortages of almost half the country’s 500 most-used medicines. Even when drugs are available, pharmacists often must foot the bill up front, or patients simply do without.
As a reminder to people who may have forgotten, the US is also experiencing shortages of vital drugs, at least partly due to idiotic government policies.
The head of one of the largest US generic drugs companies has warned that intensifying regulatory inspections are causing record numbers of medicine shortages that threaten patients’ lives.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Housing bubble in Norway

$325,000 for 375-square-feet. Watch your head when you want to take a leak.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

California Dreamin'

According to an official study, California's $100 billion high-speed rail project,
'(I)s not financially feasible.' Gov. Jerry Brown's office signals that he isn't likely to be swayed by the findings.
I wouldn't normally care about what goes on in another state, but I get the feeling that the other 49 states will be bailing out the bond holders once this white elephant goes belly-up. Of course in 20 years $100 billion might be equivalent to today's buck fity so who cares.

Meh. It's just as believable as the Texas high-speed rail plan that will supposedly be paid for by the Japanese.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

This would be more fun than Obama vs Romney

For sheer entertainment value, I would like to see Hillary Clinton vs Newt Gingrich this November.

To clear up the top two political smears this fall, Barack Obama was born a US citizen and there is nothing particularly weird about the Mormon religion that should disqualify a candidate from national office.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Predictions

I have no idea what is going to happen this year, except that I don't think 2012 will be 365 days of "muddle through." It will either be a good year (resulting in Obama being reelected) or a really bad year (resulting in Romney being elected). If it's bad, I think that the US is in better shape to weather the storm since de-leveraging has been going on for 5 years now (at least on the household level), while many other countries are just getting started. One thing I don't worry about is that "Mayan Calendar" bullcrap.

OK, some predictions:
  • Ron Paul will have a public meltdown after being asked about his racist newsletters again. His campaign ends by February and he will not run on a third party ticket.
  • Obama/Clinton will not happen. It will still be Obama/Biden.
  • Kindle Fire 2.0 takes the top spot in the tablet wars.
  • The end of RIM.
  • An Angry Birds movie.
  • Nintendo files for bankruptcy due to their continued collapse in market share and a vast unsold inventory build.
  • Southeast Texas will be plagued by serious power outages as millions of dead trees fall on power lines during spring thunderstorms.
  • I thought Greece, Ireland, Spain and Portugal would leave the Euro this year. I think they will kick the can down the road another year. Europe will not be a good place to be as the riots continue and various "red army" factions reemerge.
  • A number of recently constructed, never-occupied high-rises in China and Dubai will collapse. Huge swaths of this vacant real estate will be condemned due to shoddy construction.
  • A "gay scandal" erupts in the White House centered around a departed adviser.
  • A supernova will appear that is visible to the naked eye.
  • Student loan debt will become a primary campaign issue. Easy student loans for questionable majors and fields of study will be eyed closely, and in many cases eliminated.
  • There will be no war with Iran. A proxy civil war will continue in Syria.